FRANKLIN MURAL NOW ON DISPLAY – A long-awaited mural for the exterior of the Pottstown School District’s Franklin Elementary School, 970 Franklin St., was dedicated May 16 (2019; Thursday; at bottom) and is on full view for the public (at top).
The mural (above) began in February 2018 as a graduation project by Tanner Scott and Alyssa Rulli (Pottstown High Class of 2020), former school principal Kevin Downes, parent Alison Scott and other friends of Franklin. Local artist Carrie Kingsbury of Birdsboro PA-based Promiseland Murals was commissioned to complete the work, which began during the 2018-2019 school year. Local businessman Bob Gueli donated warehouse space while the mural was being finished, then it was stored in the district’s annex building until spring.
The mural has a vintage postcard feel, with images of Pottstown, education, and Franklin students included. Scott and Rulli sought to add “a little something extra” to make the mural interactive as well as to integrate modern technology. The mural has an ABC-themed “ISpy” game hidden within, including 26 small images that each represent a letter of the alphabet. A small sign posted in front of the mural contains a smartphone-scannable QR code that reveals a list of the hidden images.
Photos from The Pottstown School District